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Milking the golden cow

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Apparently the city of Cottage Grove is unable to satisfy its appetite for spending taxpayers’ money.

The paint has barely had time to dry on the new $15 million Cottage Grove City Hall, which also houses the Public Safety Department, and now we are hearing about the need for another $20 million for a public safety training and education facility.

The tax man: it’s one for you, 19 for me.

Here is a novel idea: Let’s have the people who are proposing this project, along with the people who supported or voted for those proposing this project, pay for it. Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, is always talking about how the other political side is lacking solutions to issues such as this. I have just offered up an easy, alternative solution right there that does not force the people who disagree with building another building to have to pay for it.

Seems like a great compromise — a win-win for everyone.

Editor’s note: The city of Cottage Grove is seeking state-borrowed public construction funds, repaid with tax revenue, to pay for a public safety training facility, but some local funding also could be part of the project.

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